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He was just a boy. He couldn’t be expected to “hear from the Lord.” Wrong. Samuel was Hannah’s little boy who grew up in the Temple of the Lord in Shechem, under the priesthood of Eli. … more
I love the comfort of my recliner and that cup of hot coffee in the morning as I catch the news on my big-screen color TV in the ease of my heated/air-conditioned subdivision home. The bubble of … more
Realizing how cellphones and handheld mobile phone devices have come to completely consume and dominate our world in so many ways, it might be difficult for some — especially younger folks — to … more
Now that school is back in session, students everywhere have begun their study of literature in language arts and other classes. Literature is everywhere: in the simplest books that are read to … more
The subject and tone of this week’s column has taken an unexpected turn from what I had anticipated writing. Originally, the whole point was to talk about the crazy mash-up going on at my … more
Recently while listening to a conversation between some people in a restaurant I overheard someone use the term “whirling dervish.” Boy, that’s one I had not heard in a mighty long time, … more
They should have asked. The Israelites should have asked the Lord God whether they would gain the victory. Instead, they pushed ahead without consulting Him and thousands lost their lives. In a … more
A new North Carolina-based industrial hemp processor is slated to invest $17.3 million in renovating a facility adjacent to Alliance One International to produce the new Korent line of THC-free … more
I firmly believe in an active form of democracy and holding our elected officials to account for the positions they take on issues that are of vital importance to the lives of “we, the … more
It’s interesting how easily we forget. The disruption of our thought processes can be derailed by something as simple as walking from one room to another. By the time we reach the doorframe, … more
Often I hear someone say, “The world is getting worse and worse.” And I have heard others say, “Things sure are better now than they used to be.” Is either of these statements true? Could it … more
Like all North Carolinians, I am worrying about the flooding causing heart-rending damage throughout our state following Hurricane Florence. I have a special worry. It is about a puppy in … more
Seems like it was about 10 years ago or maybe more when I first heard the words gluten or gluten-free being used. I didn’t know then what gluten was all about and despite doing some research on … more
At the time of this writing, we are experiencing the beginning of the end of the rain from Hurricane Florence here in the east. It’s still gray and windy, and even the slightest glimmer of sunshine … more
Mayonnaise is a condiment that has been in existence and I have known about it for as far back as I can recall. Although it has served a valuable purpose for me by being used on thousands of … more
Given the horrific events of the past weeks, pipe bombs sent to many of the outspoken opponents of the current Trump administration, including two former presidents, and the violent mass murder of … more
The North Carolina General Assembly has correctly focused on raising salaries for teachers during the past six years while compensation for principals and assistant principals left our state at or … more
Thanksgiving has crept up on us once again, meaning for most of us a glorious time of celebrating, giving thanks, food, fellowship, friends and family over the next couple of days. Maybe so, but … more
While teaching English as a second language several years ago in the Czech Republic, I heard stories from my students of the days of the rule of the fallen communist Soviet Empire. It was a time … more
Do you ever talk to yourself? Most people say that’s not too concerning. They say the alarming part comes with the realization that you aren’t just talking to yourself. You’re answering. I … more
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